Banana Nut Muffins (Gluten and Dairy Free)

 

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Gluten Free Banana Nut Muffins | Dairy Free | Healthy Sweets | Can be made Paleo | easy baked goods | healthy breakfast | meal prep

Now that I’ve given up refined sugar for years at this point, eating baked goods with cane sugar is too much for me. After a lot of experimentation with gluten-free baked goods, I think combination of applesauce and maple syrup makes for the best natural sweetener. You want to make sure that you are using pure maple syrup, rather than pancake syrup, because it sits lower on the glycemic index.

Honey can be a good substitute for the maple syrup, but I find that I like the way maple syrup tastes better in my baked goods (probably because it’s usually a little sweeter).

Gluten Free Banana Nut Muffins | Dairy Free | Healthy Sweets | Can be made Paleo | easy baked goods | healthy breakfast | meal prep

This recipe is great for when you realize your bananas are about to go bad–which is why I decided to make these this week…

I am still trying to figure out how to keep my baked goods fresh for multiple days. I stored these in the refrigerator and ate some the day after and they were dry. I’ll keep you updated as I figure that out…

Friendly Diets: Gluten free, dairy free

Prep Time: 10 minutes / Bake Time: 20 minutes / Total time: 30 minutes

*Makes a dozen muffins

Ingredients:

 

  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups fresh spinach (uncooked)
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 ½ cups of gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour*)
  • ½ cup of gluten free oats
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • ¼ cup walnuts, crushed

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine applesauce, egg, vanilla, banana, and maple syrup in a food processor, blend until smooth
  3. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour*, oats, baking powder,crushed walnuts salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
  4. Pour in wet mixture and combine with a spatula until smooth
  5. Line muffin tin with coconut oil
  6. Fill each muffin tin about ⅓ of the way
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes

*Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour is gluten free but not paleo friendly

Gluten Free Banana Nut Muffins | Dairy Free | Healthy Sweets | Can be made Paleo | easy baked goods | healthy breakfast | meal prep

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